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Dune grass catches fire at Holland State Park


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Fire fighters from multiple departments responded to Holland State Park Friday afternoon, when a large patch of dune grass started burning.

About two acres burned, and some RVs had to move to safety and make access for fire fighters.

Fire fighters say a smoldering grill at the state park apparently started the fire.

There was concern about some residences near the state park, but fire fighters kept flames away from those homes.

Personnel also temporarily closed the camping area to keep people from entering. There was no damage to any camping trailers or tents, nor were there any injuries.

By about 7pm, fire fighters were putting down foam suppressant to prevent any hot spots from flaring up again.


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My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

School is out, leaving many children from low-income families without meals during the summer months.

That’s where the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service program comes in. The program provides nutritious meals to people 18 years of age or younger for free.  All participants need to do is show up.

There are hundreds of participating locations, including places in Walker, Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids West, Grand Rapids South, Grand Rapids Central, Grandville, Wyoming, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Montague and Greenville. You can find the full list on the state website here.

My Town: Celebrate Independence Day by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Celebrate Independence Day by making a life-saving donation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Americans are encouraged to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day by rolling up their sleeves to make a life-saving donation.

Blood and platelet donations from all types of donors are needed, as the American Red Cross deals with a summer shortage.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

 The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations daily to meet the needs of patients across the country.  From June 30, through July 7, all donors will receive a commemorative Red Cross t-shirt, while supplies last.

My Town Holland: Two recent Hope College grads Named Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellows

My Town Holland: Two recent Hope College grads Named Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellows

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Two members of Hope College’s graduating class of 2014 have been named 2014 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellows.

Alexandra Benson of Alpena and Grace Blank of Three Rivers are among 43 teacher candidates introduced at the Michigan State Capitol by Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday, June 11.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship recruits accomplished career changers and outstanding recent college graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (the STEM fields). The 2014 Fellows are the fourth class of new teacher candidates to be prepared through the program since the fellowship was launched in Michigan in 2010.

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$5K in stolen goods recovered from home; 2 men charged


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say three men are linked to five home invasions, as well as multiple vehicle break-in and thefts in Ottawa County.

A 23-year-old Holland Township man faces charges for first-degree home invasion, and a 19-year-old Chicago man is charged with receiving stolen property.

Around 5 a.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to a call about men with a flashlight lurking around parked vehicles at 120th and Greenley.

The men quickly fled when patrol vehicles arrived at the scene. The two were tracked to a house in the 4000 block of Horseshoe Falls Ct. When police searched the house, they found approximately $5,000 worth of stolen valuables, including laptops and cameras.

Earlier that morning, residents in the area reported several larceny and home invasions.

Police are still looking for a third suspect.


My Town Zeeland: Memorial for record-setting pig June 25

My Town Zeeland: Memorial for record-setting pig June 25

ZEELAND, Mich.—  Community members are invited to celebrate the life of a record-setting resident of Zeeland this Wednesday.

Mister Chops died peacefully June 1 at his longtime home at the Critter Barn.  The beloved pot-bellied pig lived 21 years and 348 days, making him the oldest pig in history. 

Mister Chops spent his whole life at the Critter Barn, greeting a half-million visitors.  His owner credits Mister Chops’ long life on a proper diet and care from hundreds of Critter Crew members.

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Media Giants and Catholic Charities West Michigan Padres will battle it out at Fifth Third Ballpark as “Let’s Go to Bat for Kids” returns this Thursday, June 26 with even more family-friendly events.

More than 1,200 people are expected to fill the ballpark for the fundraiser, which supports Catholic Charities West Michigan.  Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting the organization’s website.  In addition to the softball game between local priests and media personalities, families may take part in a Lego building station, face painting, crafts, a doughnut dunking station and meet Crash of the West Michigan Whitecaps.